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Designing Crowd Pleasing Spaces

Designing Crowd Pleasing Spaces

Posted on 21. Oct, 2014.

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Designing a crowd pleasing space is not as difficult a task as many would think. Despite the age gap between Baby Boomers and Millennials,...

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Zillow To Acquire Competitor, Trulia

Zillow To Acquire Competitor, Trulia

Posted on 29. Jul, 2014.

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Big news this week from Zillow and Trulia! Zillow will be acquiring Trulia to become the largest online real estate advertising company. Zillow and...

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Young Renters Forego Space For Location

Young Renters Forego Space For Location

Posted on 22. Jul, 2014.

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Many young renters across the United States have decided to forego larger apartments for a better location or amenities. “They’re sacrificing living space for...

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Renters May Temporarily Turn into Buyers as Incentives Arise

Renters May Temporarily Turn into Buyers as Incentives Arise

Posted on 09. Oct, 2014 by .

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It may feel like 2006 all over again when it comes to the housing market.  Gimmicks and giveaways are creeping into the market because homes aren’t selling like builders had hoped. Back in 2006, just before the crash of 2008, no-document mortgages greased the way to the top of that housing bubble. Today it’s freebies […]

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Why You Can’t Afford to Skip Video Tours (Webinar Recap)

Why You Can’t Afford to Skip Video Tours (Webinar Recap)

Posted on 09. Oct, 2014 by .

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We hosted a fun and informative session with Todd Breen on the power of video tours this week. He covered best practices for creating engaging video tours for your listings. He also covered many of the benefits video tours can offer property managers, including: Cutting vacancy time and showings in half! Increasing engagement and time […]

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Residential Housing for Renters Expands as Property Managers Wonder

Residential Housing for Renters Expands as Property Managers Wonder

Posted on 07. Oct, 2014 by .

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The number of multi-family rental housing complexes being built around the nation keeps on growing month after month. The implications for the property management business are somewhat ambiguous. No doubt there’s been a steady decline in the number of homeowners since the financial crisis of 2008. This has translated to a substantial increase of renters […]

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Four Low Cost Ways to Improve the Properties You Manage

Four Low Cost Ways to Improve the Properties You Manage

Posted on 01. Oct, 2014 by .

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Residents are on the prowl again looking for the most attractive rental units for their money. At the same time there is a growing group of former homeowners who are back in the rental market. The monthly rent these groups are willing to pay will partially depend on the condition of the rental properties. If […]

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Creating a Sense of Community with Your Residents

Creating a Sense of Community with Your Residents

Posted on 25. Sep, 2014 by .

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Property managers often refer to their properties as communities, and rightfully so. But have you ever thought about strengthening that community?One of the things that apartment dwellers typically cite about living in an apartment is a sense of isolation. Often, renters are new to the area, or even the state, and would like to meet […]

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Four More Ways to Quickly Fill Your Vacancies

Four More Ways to Quickly Fill Your Vacancies

Posted on 19. Sep, 2014 by .

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Marketing tools to turn vacancies into occupancies are worth a fortune. Like the technologies offered by Appfolio, there are many common sense methods to focus on your area’s target market. Each one of the following suggestions is not only intended to help you zoom in on new ways to attract a stream of potential tenants. […]

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How Do You Compete With The New Apartment Communities?

How Do You Compete With The New Apartment Communities?

Posted on 09. Sep, 2014 by .

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The Wall Street Journal recently noted that the share of new homes being built as rental apartments is at its highest level in four decades.  While it certainly helps the economy, an increase in apartment homes can strike fear in the hearts of many property managers.  After all, these newer units will likely boast state […]

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Refreshing Suggestions from a Seasoned Property Manager

Refreshing Suggestions from a Seasoned Property Manager

Posted on 03. Sep, 2014 by .

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As the summer season slides to a close it’s good to remember that our work should be enjoyable. If our demanding profession begins to wear us down it’s probably time to do something about it. Recently I touched basis with a colleague who’s been in the property management business for over 40 years. I won’t […]

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Property Managers Put Clients on “Bubble Alert” for Fiscal Planning

Property Managers Put Clients on “Bubble Alert” for Fiscal Planning

Posted on 28. Aug, 2014 by .

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The U.S. economy has come a long way from the frightening fiscal collapse that happened at the end of the Bush administration in 2008. The Obama administration inherited the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The Federal Reserve has been managing America’s monetary policies since 1913. Once former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke saw the […]

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Help Your Process Server to Save Time in Your Eviction

Help Your Process Server to Save Time in Your Eviction

Posted on 26. Aug, 2014 by .

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One of the longest delays in processing evictions occurs when not all occupants are served personally (hand to hand) with the unlawful detainer summons and complaint.  More often than not, the occupants know they must be legally served in order for the court to award a judgment for possession of the subject property.  If they […]

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Property Managers Can Offer Clients a Piece of Crowd-funding Action

Property Managers Can Offer Clients a Piece of Crowd-funding Action

Posted on 19. Aug, 2014 by .

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Don’t let the lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer lull your property management business to sleep. Wake it up with timely communiqués that you send to your clients and potential clients. For example, why not ignite their imaginations with information about equity-based crowd-funding that specializes in real estate investment opportunities. I recently interviewed the co-founder […]

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[Slideshow] 8 Reasons Why Your Property Management Business Has Outgrown Quickbooks

[Slideshow] 8 Reasons Why Your Property Management Business Has Outgrown Quickbooks

Posted on 12. Aug, 2014 by .

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If you’re using Quickbooks to run your property management business, you may be experiencing common frustrations as you continue to grow. As a basic accounting software, Quickbooks only covers a fraction of your day-to-day property management activities. Learn more with this important slideshow on the reasons why your property management business may have outgrown Quickbooks. […]

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The Joys of Technology Integration – Part II

The Joys of Technology Integration – Part II

Posted on 05. Aug, 2014 by .

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I understand that most of us are averse to change.  Just the thought of changing a familiar product can make the most competent people break out into a cold sweat; even if that familiar product has resulted in more work and increased mistakes. Let’s take a quick look at some of the repercussions of Jill’s […]

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Boost Your Business into the 21st Century: A Step-by-Step Guide for Property Managers

Boost Your Business into the 21st Century: A Step-by-Step Guide for Property Managers

Posted on 31. Jul, 2014 by .

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This easy guide and checklist lays out the steps in detail for you to start modernizing your business today. Stop wasting time with outdated processes and archaic resources and start spending more time streamlining your workflow and growing your business! This guide offers tips you won’t want to miss, including: How to reinvigorate and empower […]

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The Joys of Technology Integration – Part I

The Joys of Technology Integration – Part I

Posted on 31. Jul, 2014 by .

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Once upon a time there was a woman we’ll call Jill.  Jill worked in a fairly large property management company that handled both commercial and residential property management, so Jill was kept busy. When Jill became a property manager, she was trained on the company’s property management software.  The software was adequate, but didn’t perform […]

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Reasons Why Occupancy is Growing

Reasons Why Occupancy is Growing

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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In a recent article, Multifamily Executive tells readers the 5 reasons why occupancy is growing stronger in the United States. One reason that has been a constant trend is that many people are scared of owning their own homes due to the foreclosure crisis in 2000 and again in 2008. Click below to read the […]

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Fed Chair Says a Mouthful to Property Owners and Managers

Fed Chair Says a Mouthful to Property Owners and Managers

Posted on 17. Jul, 2014 by .

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On Tuesday July 15 Fed Chair Janet Yellen said more than Congress and most managers were anticipating. Her carefully prepared comments are a big insight into how those who control America’s monetary policies are thinking. According to a report by USA Today Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told Congress the economy is improving but still […]

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How Property Managers Can Increase Their Earnings in Today’s Economy

How Property Managers Can Increase Their Earnings in Today’s Economy

Posted on 15. Jul, 2014 by .

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Property managers work hard for their money. Everybody talks about increases in the cost-of-living and rents rising, but how about the people who make rentals available? Yes, I’m referring to your clients the owners, and you, the liaisons between the residents and the “landlords”.  When’s the last time your clients called and said, “You deserve […]

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Put it in Writing

Put it in Writing

Posted on 10. Jul, 2014 by .

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Often, when renting an apartment, tenants are overwhelmed by the amount of information they are given, from the initial apartment viewing, to filling out the application, to getting approved, to finally, moving in.  While it’s important to let all prospective residents know and understand the rules they must abide by when moving into their new […]

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Get Yelp for Your Property Management Business

Get Yelp for Your Property Management Business

Posted on 08. Jul, 2014 by .

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Too many property managers aren’t aware of the free tools offered by a familiar online company. You’ve heard of Yelp, but did you know that 132 million people use it monthly for buying decisions? The most recent data suggests there are over 57 million reviews on Yelp. More importantly 82% of Yelp users go there […]

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Responding to Maintenance Emergencies

Responding to Maintenance Emergencies

Posted on 01. Jul, 2014 by .

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Years ago, while living in Las Vegas, a summer thunderstorm wreaked havoc on my apartment.  Lightning eventually struck the roof of my loft, creating a fairly significant hole in the roof.  Since it was late, I placed a bucket under the hole to catch the still-falling rain and called the management office to report the […]

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Knowing the Limits on Collection Practices for Property Managers

Knowing the Limits on Collection Practices for Property Managers

Posted on 20. Jun, 2014 by .

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One of the challenges in the management of rental properties involves collecting from residents behind on rent payment. Knowing the laws which govern the methods used for collection is a vital first step. We can debate how far we’d push the envelope to make sure the rent is collected, but the key to avoiding legal […]

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Being a “Remarkable” Property Manager

Being a “Remarkable” Property Manager

Posted on 19. Jun, 2014 by .

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Whether you’re following your passion or just trying to be successful at what you do for a living, it always counts to be in that esteemed group we call “outstanding”. There is more research surfacing that gives practical guidance on the characteristics of those who flourish and those who flounder. It’s not just motivation that […]

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Making Rent Collection Easier

Making Rent Collection Easier

Posted on 17. Jun, 2014 by .

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As important as it is for property managers to ensure that rent is received on a timely basis; rental collection is not just important to property managers. Surveys have shown that residents also want an easier way to pay rent. While many smaller management companies have continued to accept checks, many have done away with […]

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